# 5 from " Livre second essais de gravjre " second book of Engraved Designs

# 5 from " Livre second essais de gravjre " second book of Engraved Designs

Date unknown

Etching and engraving

Gift of William Ellery Greene for the Lucy S. Greene Collection 1963.563

Catalogue raisonné: Fonds Français Vol. 3.320.2

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The title page for this set of prints suggests that Bourdon’s designs are “useful for clockmakers, goldsmiths, chiselers, engravers and other people.” These craftsmen who made ornamented objects, such as the boxes and pistol below, sometimes consulted printed designs for inspiration. However, pattern prints similar to Bourdon’s also catered to aristocrats and wealthy professionals who pursued knowledge about styles and artists as a form of entertainment.

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